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Meyer Sound updates 14th century cathedral with 21st century audio

Sarah Sharples 15 May 2017
Meyer Sound updates 14th century cathedral with 21st century audio

A Meyer Sound system comprising 36 self-powered loudspeakers and integrated AVB audio networking has been installed in Pieterskerk, a 14th century gothic cathedral in Leiden, the Netherland, which has been repurposed as a community events centre.

Built more than 500 years before the invention of the PA system, Pieterskerk poses obvious acoustical challenges for effective sound reinforcement – a situation compounded by the need for exceptional flexibility in reconfiguring the system for various events.

“Large, reverberant rooms are always a challenge, especially if you want the high levels and excellent speech intelligibility specified by Pieterskerk,” says Eric Mattijsen of Audio Electronics Mattijsen, Meyer Sound’s Dutch distributor. “Also, they have five different set-up configurations for the space, which means five different sound source locations. The best solution by far was the CAL beam steering loudspeaker working with an instantly reconfigurable distributed system of small, self-powered loudspeakers.”

The completed installation features a CAL 32 column array loudspeaker with advanced digital beam steering, two UPM-1P and two UPJunior loudspeakers, plus 12 UPJunior-XP and 20 UPM-1XP IntelligentDC loudspeakers. A Galileo GALAXY network platform will be programmed by AEM to handle signal processing and matrixing for the various system configurations.

“The venue has been setting up a mobile system for every event, which is time-consuming and costly for labour,” notes Mattijsen. “With the new Meyer Sound system, they can set up the optimum system configuration with the touch of a button on a touchscreen and it will be ready to go, tailor-made for the occasion.”

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